"...first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head." Mark 4:28
We recognize growth in our infants. First, they nurse, then gum mashed potatoes, move on to soft carrots, and finally, (Finally!) get teeth and chew solid food. We understand that teething is a process and usually takes a while. We don't blame the child for not getting his teeth faster, as frustrated as we may be with messy diapers, crankiness, and lost sleep.
Yet, today I lost patience with my son for not "getting" the math concept. Why can't I remember that math and grammar and reasoning are all processes of growth just as much as teething? How does it help to get frustrated? Especially when I can see that he is trying? Perhaps this is a process for myself as well.
English: Corn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
You have placed growth in a sequence. Forgive me for trying to skip steps or hurry my kids along. Only You know what they will become and produce along the way. I don't want to mess up the process by running ahead with my own agenda. Help me to wait for You to work. Help me to allow them time to grow, even if I can't see it happening. Thank you. Amen.
Final thought: Just like corn, growth will show up eventually. Have faith. Wait.